'We Are All Khaled Said': The potentials and limitations of cyberactivism in triggering public mobilization and promoting political change

Khamis, Sahar; Vaughn, Katherine
March 2012
Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research;Mar2012, Vol. 4 Issue 2/3, p145
Academic Journal
The Egyptian uprising of 2011 was characterized by the instrumental use of social media, especially Facebook, as well as Twitter, YouTube and text messaging by protesters. Facebook, in particular, was hailed as a key mobilizing tool for the protest movement, spurring the mass demonstrations of young protesters converging on Cairo's Tahrir Square during the uprising. Of the Facebook pages that gained popularity in the Egyptian online community, one page in particular, 'We Are All Khaled Said', was credited with mobilizing and organizing the largest number of protesters. An English-language sister page with the same name was launched approximately at the same time, but was geared more towards spreading awareness in the international community of human rights violations and ongoing events in Egypt, rather than organizing protests on the ground. This article will discuss the multiple roles and changing functions of this particular Facebook page during different phases: namely before, during and after the Egyptian revolution, as well as its potentials and limitations in acting as an effective tool for public mobilization, civic engagement and political change.


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